The Behavioral Neurology of White Matter

The Behavioral Neurology of White Matter

by Christopher M. Filley
     
 


This unique book examines the role of the brain's white matter in the organization of human mental function. In contrast to standard textbooks of behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry that emphasize the cortical and subcortical gray matter in brain-behavior relationships, this text specifically considers the white matter as a vital contributor to cognition and… See more details below

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This unique book examines the role of the brain's white matter in the organization of human mental function. In contrast to standard textbooks of behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry that emphasize the cortical and subcortical gray matter in brain-behavior relationships, this text specifically considers the white matter as a vital contributor to cognition and emotion. Written from a clinical perspective, this book is founded on the study of patients with neurobehavioral syndromes resulting from disorders primarily affecting the brain's white matter. These syndromes include white matter dementia, focal neurobehavioral syndromes, and a variety of neuropsychiatric syndromes. In the first part of the book, fundamental aspects of myelinated systems are covered to introduce white matter as an important structural and functional component of the brain. In Part II, a thorough review of white matter disorders at all ages is provided, particularly regarding their impact on normal mentation. Finally, Part III synthesizes the collected information into a coherent summary that presents a behavioral neurology of white matter. Throughout the book a major emphasis is placed on distributed neural networks, in which connecting white matter tracts complement the operations of gray matter structures in the production of the human behavioral repertoire.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195135619
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/13/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Pt. IThe Brain, the Mind, and White Matter1
1The Neurologic Background3
2White Matter Structure and Function19
3Development and Aging32
4Neuroimaging41
Pt. IIDisorders of White Matter57
5Genetic Disorders59
6Demyelinative Diseases81
7Infectious Diseases97
8Inflammatory Diseases109
9Toxic Leukoencephalopathies118
10Metabolic Disorders136
11Vascular Diseases146
12Traumatic Disorders165
13Neoplasms175
14Hydrocephalus187
Pt. IIIWhite Matter and Higher Function199
15Cognitive Dysfunction and Dementia201
16Focal Neurobehavioral Syndromes219
17Neuropsychiatric Syndromes231
18The Behavioral Neurology of White Matter247
Index269

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